Everyone feels better after listening to a little Luke Bryan – just ask 4-year-old Riley from upstate New York.
The young fan, who has Asperger’s syndrome, attended the recent Luke Bryan concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his mom Marjorie. At the show he wore a T-shirt saying, “Luke Bryan Is One of the Pieces to My Puzzle,” a play on the autism mantra “Until All the Pieces Fit.”
After the show, Marjorie wrote a letter to her local radio station, 107.7 WGNA, because she wanted to let them know how much Bryan’s music impacts her son.
“When Riley pretends to be Luke, he is a whole other person. He is not afraid or shy. He has confidence and feels free,” she wrote.
“Every time Luke turned his hat around during the concert, so did Riley. On our way out of the show, Riley pulled me down and said ‘I didn’t know all the songs mommy. I need to learn all the songs.’ He just loves music. Sorry for such a long letter, but I just want Luke and all other artists to know that their music is a powerful thing and truly helps those with disabilities to express themselves and get through rough parts of their day.”
Touched by the letter, the radio station staff invited Marjorie and Riley to join them for a tour of the studio. Then things got even better when Bryan himself called in to chat with Riley on-air.
“I remember reading that shirt from stage and I didn’t know ‘You’re the piece to my puzzle’ was an autism statement. I just thought, ‘Well that’s an interesting thing to put on a shirt,’ ” said Bryan. “The fact that my music can make some stuff a little easier for you, is what it’s all about.”
See the heartwarming video here: